Presentation Title: Pornoprophetics: Ezekiel and Pornography

Section: Through the Female Eye: Power, Perspective and Procreation III

Location: , 104

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:30pm - 1:45pm


The interpretation of the book of Ezekiel has a complex and controversial history. In recent years, one line of modern interpretations has centered on a feminist critique of the text, emphasizing the possible demeaning and misogynistic themes and content of the particular sections of the text. One branch of these feminist interpreters focuses on the graphic elements of Ezekiel, going so far as to label specific chapters pornographic. This presentation introduces background information on Ezekiel, discusses the arguments of feminist interpreters of Ezekiel as pornography, tests the validity of those claims through textual analysis and multiple definitions of pornography, compares the texts to other similar biblical sources, and offers possible theological implications for those connections. The research for this presentation includes sources from traditional and contemporary biblical scholars, socio-historical works on the ancient Near East, and independent textual analysis.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Religion

Presentation Topic: Religion

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Elkin, Hannah Lauren
Major(s): Religion
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Yarbrough, Larry
Dept(s): Religion

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